Sega of America Announces Changes in Atlus USA Board of Directors, President and CEO Naoto Hiraoka Becomes ‘Atlus Brand Owner’

Sega has announced a change in the board of directors for Atlus USA today through a press release, which can be read below.

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 1, 2018 – SEGA of America, Inc. (SOA) and Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Ian Curran, SEGA of America, Inc. President and COO, will become President and COO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and work alongside SEGA West CEO Tatsuyuki Miyazaki to further the financial goals of both SEGA of America, Inc. and Atlus U.S.A., Inc. Mr. Miyazaki will assume the role of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. CEO as Naoto Hiraoka steps into a role to focus as Atlus brand owner. Recognized for his contribution to and leadership of ATLUS U.S.A., Inc. and the resulting success of titles like Persona 5, Catherine and SMT series, Mr. Hiraoka will now move forward leading many of the company’s important creative projects.

Naoto Hiraoka (Former Atlus USA President & CEO and Sega of America Senior VP, and now also Atlus Brand Owner)

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve done at Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and Mr. Miyazaki and Mr. Curran will continue to guide the company to even greater success,” said Naoto Hiraoka, former President and CEO, Atlus U.S.A. Inc. and Senior Vice President, SEGA of America, Inc. “I look forward to creating more exciting projects with the creative team at ATLUS in Japan, and wish my colleagues the best of luck growing the business in the Americas and EMEA.”

Mr. Hiraoka will remain on the board of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and SEGA of America, Inc.

Hiraoka conducted an interview about the Asian market and the future of Persona in March 2017.

Ian Curran (Sega of America COO and President, and now also Atlus USA COO and President)

“I’m eager to grow my role as the new President and COO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and greatly appreciate the support that Mr. Hiraoka has given me up to this point,” said Mr. Curran, President and COO, SEGA of America, Inc. “Across the SEGA and ATLUS families, we’ve had an incredibly successful year, and there is still so much to look forward to.

Ian Curran had been appointed the role of Sega of America COO and president recently on August 1, 2018.

Tatsuyuki Miyazaki (Sega West CEO, and now also Atlus USA CEO)

“We wish Mr. Hiraoka the very best of luck in his role and are thankful that he’ll still be a valuable asset to the ATLUS team,” said Mr. Miyazaki, CEO, SEGA West. “I’m thrilled to play a greater role in the continued success of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and work alongside Ian, who has done an incredible job in just a couple of short months in his role as President and COO of SEGA of America.”